Datuk Dr Mohamad Salleh Ismail
Kuala Lumpur. 13 March 2012. The National Feedlot Corporation (NFC) executive chairman was charged with four counts of criminal breach of trust (CBT) and misappropriation involving $16.4 million of NFC’s monies three years ago.
Datuk Dr Mohamad Salleh Ismail, 63, claimed trial to two counts of CBT and misappropriating $13.2 million of the corporation’s money by using a cheque to bank it into the bank account of his company, National Meat and Livestock Corporation Sdn Bhd (NMLC).
The charges were made one day after Women, Family and Community Development Minister Datuk Seri Shahrizat Jalil, wife of Dr Ismail resigned from her ministerial and government posts.
He allegedly committed the offence at a branch of CIMB Islamic Bank Berhad at Jalan Burhanuddin Helmi, Taman Tun Dr Ismail, here, between May 6 and Nov 16, 2009.
Salleh also pleaded not guilty to two counts of CBT and misappropriating $ 3.2 million of NFC’s money with four cheques to purchase two units of One Menerung Condominium, located here, for NMLC.
The accused was alleged to have committed the offence at the same bank branch between Dec 1 and 4, 2009.
Deputy Public Prosecutor Dzulkifli Ahmad applied for all charges to be tried jointly and Judge S.M. Komathy Suppiah allowed the application.
The Judge granted bail at RM500,000 for all charges and fixed April 13 for mention.
The Auditor General’s report last October highlighted that NFC had fallen far behind its targeted production. This revelation was followed by a string of exposes by the opposition, accusing NFC of the charges stated above and using the loan to buy a Mercedes Benz car and upscale properties in Singapore.
With the announcement of resignation by Ms Shahrizat on Sunday followed by filing of charges against her husband yesterday speculation is rife that elections are near.
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